Practice-Based Learning and Professional Education

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The provision of practice-based (e.g. workplace) experiences is now almost a universal requirement for students in higher education programs preparing graduates for specific occupations (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2010). Whereas once such provision was largely restricted to medicine, law, physiotherapy, nursing and teaching, it is now being requested, demanded and expected across seemingly all programs that develop the capacities required for specific occupations (Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, 2008; Universities Australia, 2008).